The Growth and Development of Experimental Research in Political Science

American Political Science Review, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp. 627-635, 2006

Posted: 8 Jan 2009

See all articles by James N. Druckman

James N. Druckman

Northwestern University - Department of Political Science

Donald P. Green

Columbia University

James H. Kuklinski

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Political Science

Arthur Lupia

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Political Science

Date Written: January 7, 2009

Abstract

Although political scientists have long expressed skepticism about the prospects for experimental science, an analysis of the first hundred volumes of the American Political Science Review reveals that randomized experiments have grown in impact and prominence. We document how thinking about experimentation has evolved over the century, and demonstrate the growing influence of laboratory, survey, and field experiments. A number of experiments have transformed how political scientists think about causal relationships in specific substantive areas. There are limits to the kinds of questions that experiments can address, but experiments have made important contributions in an array of political science subfields.

Keywords: Experiments, Field Experiments, Randomization, Methodology

JEL Classification: C93

Suggested Citation

Druckman, James N. and Green, Donald P. and Kuklinski, James and Lupia, Arthur, The Growth and Development of Experimental Research in Political Science (January 7, 2009). American Political Science Review, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp. 627-635, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1324282

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Arthur Lupia

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